Ginsburg working from hospital bed after cancer surgery

Geraldine Edwards
December 26, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from a New York City hospital after cancer surgery and is recuperating at home, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Ginsburg is still at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY, said Kathy Arberg, a spokeswoman for the court.

But there was "no evidence of any remaining disease" and scans taken before the surgery showed no cancerous growths elsewhere in her body, the court said.

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Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Ginsburg, 85, worked from her hospital bed over the weekend and has been moving around since the surgery.

The malignant nodules were initially discovered when Ms Ginsburg broke three ribs in November, an earlier statement released by the court said. She has never missed arguments in more than 25 years as a justice. The Supreme Court is scheduled to meet again January 7.

If she were to step down, President Donald Trump would select her successor, which would continue to shift the court in a conservative direction.

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Ginsburg had already been treated for cancer two other times, first colorectal cancer in 1999 and then pancreatic cancer in 2009.

As of last Friday, no further treatment for the justice was planned. In 2014, doctors placed a stent in her right coronary artery to improve blood flow.

From her hospital bed, Ginsburg cast a decisive vote blocking the Trump administration's attempt to stop anyone who crosses the United States border illegally from claiming asylum.

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Ginsburg is one of the four liberal members of the Supreme Court, and is somewhat of an icon among progressives.

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